Groups criticize proposal to frack in Va. national forest

01/23/2014 | Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)

A proposal to allow hydraulic fracturing in the George Washington National Forest in Virginia has drawn criticism from some groups, citing water pollution concerns. "The Potomac is our exclusive water source. We don't have anywhere else to go for our drinking water if there's a mistake or problem," said District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority General Manager George Hawkins. Michael Ward, executive director of the Virginia Petroleum Council, said technological advancements in shale drilling have made it possible to frack while protecting the environment.

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